Saturday, November 14, 2009

A comet hunter's "haunting" last look at the Earth

The European Space Agency's (ESA) Rosetta probe took this awesome parting shot (what Wired called "haunting") of the Earth on its way to intercept comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko…


Not the image of Earth your used to, is it? Rosetta's mission is pretty unusual, too. The probe will deploy a lander to explore the surface of 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. If successful, it would be the first time we've landed a craft on the surface of a comet.

Rosetta circled the Earth three times to build up enough energy to punch out of the inner solar system. It should reach its target by 2014.

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